By Shadrack Nyakoe
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has warned City residents not to block the drainage.
Sonko said stern action will be taken against those blocking the drainage.
He asked City residents to help in unclogging the drainage so that once it rains- there is no flooding.
He cautioned those dumping garbage at undesignated places that they will face the law.
“As we wait for the long rains, my administration will not allow those who pollute our environment to go scot-free. We are going to fully enforce the Nairobi City County Solid Waste Management Act 2015 to ensure we keep our environment clean and safer to avoid clogging of the drainage that eventually leads to flooding and disasters,” Sonko said.
According to the Nairobi City County Solid Waste Management Act 2015, anyone who contravenes the Act by dumping waste illegally shall be liable to a fine not exceeding Sh300, 000 or to an imprisonment not exceeding three years or both.
Speaking on Tuesday during the ongoing massive unclogging of drainage systems in city estates, Nairobi County Environment CEC, Vesca Kangogo, reiterated Sonko’s remarks.
She said the exercise will continue even after heavy rains.
“The ongoing massive unclogging of drainage systems in Nairobi City is now at 70 percent and we are still continuing with the initiative until we achieve the desired results,” Kangogo said.
Her Roads and Transport counterpart Hitan Majevdia who also accompanied the unclogging team during the exercise said the Nairobi County Government has deployed enough machinery and personnel in all the Sub-Counties to help unclog the drainage.
“We have enough personnel and machinery including those from the Nairobi Regeneration team to make our initiative a success. The unclogging of drainage exercise will continue in all the 17 Sub-Counties,” insisted Majevdia.